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Incubators

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Design Guidance

Overall Strategies

Overview

Best Practices

  • Determine whether “low temperature” incubators are being used when warmer temperatures (at or above ambient conditions) are required. Use more energy efficient “heating only” incubators when cool temperatures are not needed.
  • Unplug incubators when not in use for extended periods of time.
  • Do not use low temperature incubators as a refrigerator.
  • When it’s time to upgrade or retire, choose an energy- and water-efficient incubator and buy the smallest size required to meet the lab’s needs. Humidification methods, chamber insulation, fan motors, internal lighting, and water technologies can all influence incubator system efficiency.

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